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In Jude the Obscure, work that Jude does is masonry - stones and menial labor. His ambition is to become a scholar - books and mental labor.

I'm struggling to see how these relate to each other - how is Jude doing masonry related to his ambitions? Is this to provide a contrast, or is there something else?

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    Isn't the point rather that they're not related? The contrast between what he is and what he wants to be is a major theme of the story. – Rand al'Thor Mar 27 '18 at 11:35
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    That's why I mentioned that it could be a contrast, and seems like a point for an answer to elaborate on ;) – Mithical Mar 27 '18 at 11:36

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